How To Properly Care For Your Mouth After a Tooth Extraction

By: Capital District Team


Tooth extraction may be required if you have an impacted tooth or wisdom tooth causing pain. Even though modern tooth extractions are less painful and invasive than in the past, you should still take it easy after surgery. The surgeons and specialists at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons can review tooth extraction aftercare instructions during your initial assessment. Learn how to take care of your mouth after tooth extraction by reading below or calling our office in Albany or Latham, NY.

Why do I need a tooth extraction?

There are several reasons why an oral surgeon may recommend getting a tooth pulled. The tooth may be damaged beyond repair or push against your other teeth, causing pain or a crooked smile. Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons offers simple and surgical tooth extractions to improve your overall oral health. Rest assured, our clinic will not suggest extraction unless we believe it is necessary.


Some bleeding is expected after tooth extraction surgery. The initial bleeding can be controlled by placing gentle pressure on a gauze pad over the treatment area. Our surgeons will offer instructions on how to clean and care for the site over the following several weeks. Minimize further bleeding by avoiding hard foods and rinsing out the area as instructed. If bleeding does not subside, call our office for instructions.

Swelling and inflammation

Swelling is also a normal side effect of getting a tooth pulled. Patients can use a cool compress or ice pack to alleviate any discomfort in the area. Remember to place the bag on the side of your face instead of directly on the affected area. Patients can sleep sitting in a comfortable recliner or with several pillows to reduce inflammation. Swelling should naturally subside in the days and weeks after your surgery.

Tooth pain

Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons will prescribe medication to reduce any pain associated with simple and surgical tooth extractions in Albany, NY. Discomfort usually persists for several weeks after surgery. Keep in mind that some medications will make you feel tired and groggy, so do not drive or perform any strenuous activities while taking any medications. If pain persists or worsens, it may require medical attention.

What to eat during recovery

Patients should stick to a diet of soft foods and liquids after getting a tooth pulled. Do not miss any meals, but chew away from the surgical sites when eating. Common foods to eat during tooth extraction aftercare include smoothies, yogurt, soups, mashed potatoes, and scrambled eggs. It is important to avoid straws because the sucking motion may dislodge your blood clot. Remember to drink water regularly to stay hydrated!

Learn more about tooth extraction aftercare

The professionals at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons will also encourage you to clean and care for your other teeth after tooth extraction. This prevents unwanted bacteria from entering the treatment site and causing an infection. Our facility is proud to offer cutting-edge tools to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Impacted teeth and wisdom teeth can cause pain and affect your quality of life. Are you interested in learning more about simple and surgical tooth extractions? Our specialists can determine the best treatment option when you schedule a consultation in Albany or Latham, NY. Learn more about our recovery and aftercare tips by calling our office.

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